Paedophile Bristol head teacher warned of stranger danger but spied on children himself
A Bristol head teacher who was warning pupils of ‘stranger danger’ was spying on the youngsters using the toilets himself.
Ashley Yates issued a letter stating children should “scream, shout and get away” just a week before he was arrested and suspended.
The disgraced head is now facing a prison sentence after he admitted using a spy pen to film children and adults who were using the toilet.
It was a “truly shocking case” in which the 45-year-old “completely and inexplicably abused his position of trust” as head teacher of The Tynings Primary School in Staple Hill.
He sobbed from the dock of Bristol Crown Court after he pleaded guilty to three charges of making indecent photographs of children and two charges of voyeurism.
Yates, of Clyde Grove in Filton, wrote to parents on June 20 warning them to be on their guard after a man lifted up a girl’s skirt on a cycle path on Station Road two days earlier.
In his letter Yates also urged parents to remind their children of the actions to take if approached by a stranger.
He said: “Please remind your children how to react if a stranger speaks inappropriately or touches them.
“Scream, shout and get away and then report it as soon as possible.”
After the letter, married Yates had been arrested, quizzed by detectives and appeared in court charged nine days later.
He was arrested and suspended from his job as soon as the allegations came to light.
A week later chairman of the school governors Sarah Warren had to write to parents and confirm what had happened and police officers turned up to the school as worried parents dropped their children off.